Eric Paul Shaffer

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Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books and one chapbook of poems. LAHAINA NOON (Leaping Dog Press,2005) contains poems of local life in the Hawai‘ian islands and received a 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award of Excellence from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association. LIVING AT THE MONASTERY, WORKING IN THE KITCHEN (Leaping Dog Press,2001) and PORTABLE PLANET (Leaping Dog Press,2000) ... more »

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Yadokari: Hermit Crab, Okinawa

He borrows his house, as I borrow mine.
We are strangers where we live.

This little crab makes me think
I would crawl around the world with my belongings on my back,
drag my life behind me every day, to live
in the same world of open sand, empty shells, brilliant blue.

In hand, the hermit crab lives up to the name,
a shell closed with claws
but a warm breeze of breath will bring him out.

Set on the shore, he works a way through humps of white sand,
broken branches of coral, sun-bleached beer cans,
human footprints.

Life is kind. Move on....

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